THIS WAS THE ONE that didn’t get away from Paula Creamer.
Creamer, or the “Pink Panther” as she’s known by fans, lost her two-stroke advantage on the 72nd hole when Juli Inkster rolled in a clutch mid-range birdie putt. Paula couldn’t convert her par putt after hitting her approach over the final green and for the second time in two weeks she found herself in a sudden-death playoff.
As Yogi Berra would say, it was déjà vu all over again. It wouldn’t have happened if Creamer could have done a better job of taking care of business down the stretch.
Once again the putter was the culprit. Creamer missed makeable short-range putts that would have padded her lead. Instead Paula left the door open for Inkster, who at age 47 was bidding to be the oldest-ever winner on the LPGA Tour.
But on the second playoff hole Creamer stroked her pink ball into the center of the cup for the winning birdie. No more weak putts and agonizing lip burners. It was sweet redemption for the 21-year-old pro.
Kudos to Creamer for coming back after a heartbreaking loss last week. She overcame adversity and a shaky putter to capture her sixth career title. Her next challenge is to win a major.
−The Armchair Golfer